Local economies

  • Salford Crescent developer named

    06 April 2020

    The English Cities Fund has been named the development partner for the £2.5bn Salford Crescent masterplan.

  • Race to implement economic support package

    21 March 2020

    Council finance officials and civil servants have raced to work out how to implement the Government’s enhanced package of economic support for coronavirus-affected businesses.

  • Buoyant tax income ahead of coronavirus crisis

    20 March 2020

    The last set of public finance figures before the Government’s £350bn injection to combat coronavirus’ economic impact shows a buoyant month for tax income.

  • Jenrick urges councils not to delay on coronavirus spending

    17 March 2020

    Local government secretary Robert Jenrick this week urged council leaders not to put off decisions because of money in their response to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Budget 2020: New West Yorkshire mayor announced

    11 March 2020

    A new directly-elected West Yorkshire mayor has been announced with the Government signing a new £1.8bn devolution deal amid plans to ‘level up’ the UK economy.

  • Nottingham undaunted by Intu plight

    05 March 2020

    The council has vowed not to let its partner’s financial troubles derail a multi-million pound regeneration project.

  • Engaging our global family

    04 March 2020

    Local government needs to pool its combined knowledge and learn from the perspective of others - near and far - as Dr Jonathan Carr-West explains.

  • #MyTown - a southern perspective

    24 February 2020

    There is a real risk of ministers overlooking areas in the South which are also in need of a leg up from Whitehall, says Corinne Day.

  • Accelerating growth, ambition and opportunity at Glasgow City Region

    19 February 2020

    Glasgow City Region is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the UK. Kevin Rush outlines progress being made by the partnership of eight councils and plans to accelerate growth and investment.

  • Build on the social aspect of towns

    05 February 2020

    Much of the discussion about ‘levelling up’ towns has been about physical infrastructure, but as Dan Corry explains, the lesson of the past is that the social side must be taken into account.

  • Ministers must heed local productivity gaps

    04 February 2020

    Ministerial efforts to reduce the regional productivity gap must recognise the imbalances at local level within regions, government advisers have warned.

  • Flagship £25m regeneration project rescued

    31 January 2020

    Basildon BC has rescued a major regeneration project following the collapse of its construction contractor.

  • Councils appeal for reorganisation to cross county lines

    27 January 2020

    Lancaster City Council, South Lakeland DC and Barrow BC have cautioned against sticking to ‘arbitrary’ county borders in local government reorganisation.

  • Hull bids to pilot Universal Basic Income

    20 January 2020

    Councillors voted to establish a steering group and seek support from the Government.

  • A wealth of benefits

    15 January 2020

    Community Wealth Building is too commonly seen as ‘local procurement’, but this seriously misses its breadth and potential impact, believes John Tizard.

  • More power for the people

    15 January 2020

    Margaret Bolton argues that it’s time to establish a Community Wealth Fund to devolve decision-making power and resources to the residents of the communities that have been ‘left behind’.

  • Building thriving towns

    14 January 2020

    Adur DC and Worthing BC are taking a stake in their local economies to catalyse investment in their places, based on establishing firm foundations to help local communities thrive, writes Martin Randall.

  • The stage is set for districts to demonstrate their key role

    14 January 2020

    We hope ministers take away the message from conference next month that it is districts, backed by long-term sustainable funding, who are best placed to turn the new decade into the roaring twenties, says Cllr John Fuller.

  • Council told to urgently overhaul company

    18 December 2019

    Gloucester City Council’s arms-length market company lacks accountability and clarity of purpose, an independent review has found.

  • Stoke considers EU funding extension application

    16 December 2019

    Stoke-on-Trent City Council is expected to ask for an extension to EU funding to support small businesses.